We had the good fortune of connecting with Erinn Nowlin and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Erinn, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
When I decided to start my own business, it began with just wanting to free myself from a life that seemed to be controlled by everyone but me. I wanted to be more present in my own life. I also understood that running a business was a full job and a half (two jobs and a half since I run two businesses). I had to find a business that let me plan ahead and could basically run itself. So I merged my love of makeup and writing, creating Beautifully Bombshell. Then married my love for design with apparel and 52 Week Creative was born.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
In an attempt to build in a burnout deterrent and allow me to stay in love with 52 Week Creative longer, I centered the business around the concept of a new design released weekly. This allowed me to spread my designs out but adding the notion that the product could live on the site for 52 weeks or be removed sooner, allows me to mix it up randomly.

This model motivates me to design in batches, have realistic goals and give me balance. It has been difficult sometimes. I switched web platforms several times and made my website 3 times before I got the design I envisioned. I did not want to sacrifice my vision over price but automation and integrations were critical as well.

I felt the same about blogging. It gave me enough freedom because of the subject matter not being time-sensitive. It also needed to have integrations to enhance the story being told and have distribution channels built in to help spread the message.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite way to see or show off a destination is through food. Some of my favorite places to take people include: Federal Pizza, Hash Kitchen, Beckett’s Table, Rustlers Roost, Richardson’s, Century Grand, Breakfast Bitch, Taco Guild, Vero Pizza – Queen Creek and Queen Creek Olive Mill.

I enjoy purchasing a day pass or spa pass to local resorts and spending a day getting pampered. One of my favorites to visit is the Wigwam.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I had always be a lover of art and design growing up. For a few years I wanted to learn to sew and become a fashion designer so my dad got me a sewing machine. There were a few years I wanted to be a architect, he bought be tons of graph paper and pencils. I switched it up and started to focus on painting. I was gifted an art set with different types of paints and brushes for Christmas. I was lucky to live in a household that nurtured my love of the arts.

I found myself working as a photographer then a makeup artist at several cosmetic counters all before turning 23. I have to give a shoutout to my Dad for the early support and to myself for having the confidence to keep going, while finding the art in everything I do.

Website: beautifullybombshell.com / 52weekcreative.com

Instagram: @beautifullybombshell / @52weekcreative

Twitter: @beautifullybomb / @52weekcreative

Other: www.bio.site/52WeekBombshell

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